The reimagination of school-based physical activity research in the COVID-19 era

Deirdre M. Harrington, Michelle O’Reilly

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has illuminated the chasm of societal inequality and vulnerability within the United Kingdom concurrently highlighted by the February 2020 Marmot Review [1]. These inequalities and vulnerabilities have been omnipresent in other public health crises, such as child mental health [2], childhood obesity levels [3], and, of most relevance to this piece, physical inactivity [4]. Rather than addressing the underlying inequalities driving these crises, governments have placed schools on the frontline of delivering
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1003267
Number of pages3
JournalPLOS Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2020


  • coronavirus disease 2019; RCT
  • COVID-19
  • health behavior
  • childhood obesity
  • controlled study
  • personal hygiene

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